Mid 1990 to 1995
Workplace lunchtime Masses organised by the Catholic Prayer Society had early beginnings as informal prayer meetings held by a group of working Catholics in the city or central business areas. This group, calling themselves “Catholics in the Marketplace” (CIMP), initially had Rosary sessions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Eventually, it had the Eucharist celebrated at OUB Centre. This group helped in the formation of another group within the same area and together they became CPS Raffles Place (now known as CPS Raffles), holding their Masses at Victoria Theatre. Another group in the CBD area, inspired by CIMP, became CPS Shenton Way (now known as CPS Shenton), holding their Masses at the Singapore Conference Hall. These groups decided to combine to form the Catholic Prayer Society for the purpose of purchasing a permanent venue for celebrating the Eucharist, for adoration and to have a Catholic bookshop in the city. It was approved by the Senate in 1994 as a private juridical person, and was registered in August 1995 with the Registry of Societies. In 1996, the Archbishop instructed CPS to stop collecting funds for the new premises.
Through the years, more groups have stepped forward to organise lunchtime Masses and activities serving their own workplace community, including the lunchtime Alpha course and RCIA programme in Raffles Place.
- CPS CLARE (Catholic Lunchtime Alpha RCIA Experience)